Daily Dose Pick: High Glitz

Commercial photographer Susan Anderson crosses over to a fine-art career with her striking portraits from child beauty pageants.

Shooting “tarted-up tots” with elaborate couture costumes, hair, and make up, Anderson explores the “high glitz” realm of child pageantry. Through her photos, she captures the reality-show dreams of the American families that invest endless hours and money in their quest for top honors on the surreal side of pop culture.

Visit the High Glitz website, check out Anderson’s commercial work, catch her solo show in LA, read her article about Hollywood glamour, buy the High Glitz book, and find out more about this extravagant world in the book blog.

Christy – Age 8 – Las Vegas, Nevada – 2006 from HIGH GLITZ by Susan Anderson published by powerHouse Books
Christy – Age 8 – Las Vegas, Nevada – 2006 from HIGH GLITZ by Susan Anderson, published by powerHouse Books

Allison – Age 10 – Nashville, Tennessee – 2008
Allison – Age 10 – Nashville, Tennessee – 2008 from HIGH GLITZ by Susan Anderson, published by powerHouse Books

Ashley – Age 8 – Nashville, Tennessee – 2008
Ashley – Age 8 – Nashville, Tennessee – 2008 from HIGH GLITZ by Susan Anderson, published by powerHouse Books

Ashley – Age 8 – Nashville, Tennessee – 2008
Ashley – Age 8 – Nashville, Tennessee – 2008 from HIGH GLITZ by Susan Anderson, published by powerHouse Books

Jacklyn – Age 7 – Las Vegas, Nevada – 2006
Jacklyn – Age 7 – Las Vegas, Nevada – 2006 from HIGH GLITZ by Susan Anderson, published by powerHouse Books

Sara – Age 5 – Las Vegas, Nevada – 2006
Sara – Age 5 – Las Vegas, Nevada – 2006 from HIGH GLITZ by Susan Anderson, published by powerHouse Books

Katy – Age 5 – Las Vegas, Nevada – 2006
Katy – Age 5 – Las Vegas, Nevada – 2006 from HIGH GLITZ by Susan Anderson, published by powerHouse Books